Development of Trapping Protocols for the Cryptic  Long-tailed Weasel in Northern Georgia

Cute, isn't he?  Unfortunately, the long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) is one difficult little critter to catch!  Though the scientific and popular literature tends to think this species is fairly ubiquitous across the United States, several states are having a difficult time locating them.  So, this then begs the question of whether they are actually abundant, but just difficult to capture in traps or on camera, or are they really more rare than we think?  AceDogs will hopefully help to answer this question in northern Georgia.  We have teamed up with the Jones Center at Ichauway and the University of Georgia Warnell School or Forestry and Natural Resources, thanks to funding from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, to assist researchers in determining whether long-tailed weasels are in the study area and  how to better develop camera trapping protocols to monitor the population if they are really there.  Our dogs have already started training and we hope to begin surveys sometime in early 2023.  For more information about long-tailed weasels, the Jones Center at Ichauway, the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, click the links!